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This review is from: Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
If you like radiohead, the band that evolves, changes, and is generally 'alive' rather than merely a 'indie rock production line' then you will like this film. On first watch i was not impressed, I found it difficult, unrewarding and close to unwatchable. However it is far from it. I have watched Meeting People Is Easy close to 100 times, because it fits with everything I love about film; it's ability to capture music, mood, emotion, sights, and things that satisfy not only our ears or only our eyes but both.
The video is NOT just a documentary; it's not meant to be, it accompanies O.K computer especially as a map to where Radiohead came from and where they were going. Thom memorably comments in Meeting People Is East that "O.k. computer is about everything being out of control" as the best explanation told him yet for O.K computer. Schizophrenic visuals of escalators, business men, construction sites and roads emphasise the strangeness of the world Radiohead are in now; to call radiohead pretentious on seeing this is absurd, they're merely documenting what's around them, IT is strange, not them; we see many moments or complete normality amongst band members, jonny being to shy for T.V interviews, Thom bemused about how hyped up radiohead and child like wide eyed wonder as they are taken on a private jet for the first time!
The new songs sound good; you get to hear first glimpses of several unreleased gems as well as must-see moments like when Thom plays "How To disappear completely" for the first time; interesting to anyone who likes how it turned out, likewise with Life In A glasshouse.
Meeting People Is Easy does what it is supposed to; it is an accompaniment to O.K computer, it is revealing without being intrusive. This is the video that made me want to make films myself, to me the moment when the couple kiss while Meeting in the aisle plays in the background is sublime, the whole video is magic, no rock star clichés just five decent, and interesting people making music that has unexpectedly hit a chord with people. O.K computer is a fantastic document of the world we're shown here and if you like the album you cannot fail to like the film. If this is too weird for you then go listen to oasis, if however you like music and film as more than just background music buy meeting people is easy, give it a few watches, try and think what Thom Yorke is thinking, try and be on a bus going through cities everywhere being sold as a product in a world of award ceremonies, sky scrapers and businessmen you don't want to be a part of. Try and ask yourself what you're doing here. Then go outside, go to your office, go to your gym and go to your out of town ring road supermarket and ask yourself, at the very least, "isn't life just a little bit odd?"
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2008 11:27:50 GMT
'Spud' Harris says:
No too many of the longer reviews keep me reading untill the end, I have to say like you with the DVD I have taken a while getting some of the albums! But once you understand them they are sublime. I will buy the DVD and will expect it to be much like their music a 'Grower'. All the best
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